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Old 05-18-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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Best route from Amarillo to Raton

Needing advice,

We will be traveling pulling the 5th wheel from Amarillo, Tx to Raton, NM and I wanted to hear what route you all thought will be the easiest on the tow vehicle.

It's a stock '96 f350 DRW PSD, I'd rather not make the old truck strain anymore than necessary.

We rode our motorcycles up through there once, but I don't remember much about the grades.
Thanks, Farmer

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Old 05-18-2015, 09:11 PM   #2
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Raton Pass is not a biggie as far as mountain passes go. It is 5-6% grades and doesn't even have a runaway truck ramp so you know it's not bad. Have a good trip!

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Old 05-18-2015, 09:37 PM   #3
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head north young man
285 to dumas then hang a left
to 87 up through dalhart, to clayton
then pick up 64/87
stop at calupin volcano
then finish up at raton

great cg in dalhart,

road is two lanes most of the way, but it avoids those grades on i-25
we go this way often
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:57 AM   #4
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Thanks Folks, just the information I needed!!
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:51 AM   #5
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We just took the route powerboatr recommended two days ago. No problem, well the wind got pretty bad, but not enough to pull over. We have a 30' Winnebago Aspect and pull a CRV, we've travelled this route many times over the years. Saw many 5th wheels on the road....usually passing us
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:45 AM   #6
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On the trip now!

Hello all, we are setting at Big Verns in Shamrock, Tx waiting on them to open in 20 minutes.

Will be at Ft Amarillo this eve an tonight, then on up the route tomorrow to Raton.


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